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Columns

  • Freedom of speech can be offensive

    There is a reason that freedom of speech is the first amendment to the United States Constitution.  It is because we are really the only country that has such unfettered freedom. 

    As is so frequently and eloquently pointed out by my friend Saddique Malik in various articles in the  Courier Journal concerning Muslim fundamentalism – “free debate is a death-knell for fundamentalism.” … “it’s the freedom, stupid”

  • Laughter is the best medicine

    What human act am I describing?  Our body performs “rhythmic, vocalized, expiratory and involuntary actions.”

    Fifteen facial muscles contract and there is electrical stimulation of the zygomatic major muscle. That’s the muscle that extends from each cheekbone to the corners of the mouth. This raises the corners of the mouth. Currents of varying intensity produce a wide range of facial responses.

  • Being Kind & Generous

    We need to be kind, truly kind, for the sake of other people and for our own sake too.

    It is impossible to stretch out to other people through your emotions, imagination, concern, interest and actions without also benefiting yourself.  Your world grows larger and you problems grow smaller.

  • Tricks & Treats

    Throughout my life, Halloween has always been a mixed bag.  And the bag wasn’t always full of treats. 

    The first few years of growing up, I celebrated just like all the other early 1970’s kids.  Mom and I made homemade popcorn balls in various colors.  She distributed them to trick-or-treaters while daddy and I dressed up and collected treats from the neighbors.

  • Help us celebrate this season

    I love this time of year.

    For me, Halloween marks the beginning of a prolonged holiday season of good times, good food and an overriding sense of good cheer.

    It is also the beginning of what is undoubtedly one of the busiest times of the year. With school activities, family get-togethers, organization and club events, church concerts and pageants, business open houses and all the cities that need to be lit up, there is never a shortage of things to do between Oct. 31 and Dec. 31.

  • Soothing Yourself

    Sometimes a problem looks and feels severe when I am hungry, exhausted, overwhelmed or stressed.  It’s hard to trust who I am when I feel pushed around by my own moods and emotions.

    Knowing how to soothe myself can radically change the situation.  Soothing yourself is a skill that is easily learned but must be practiced.  It switches off the response in the brain that produces a racing heart, limited thinking, tense muscles, sweaty hands, sleeplessness and even panic, anxiety and depression. 

  • Eat your veggies!

    When I was a child there were quite a few vegetables that I didn’t like. My parents often told me to sit there until I finished eating my vegetables or worse yet no dessert until I finished eating everything.  

    How about those poor starving kids in China or Africa?  

    I was able to learn which vegetables my dog would eat under the table.  I also learned ways to hide the vegetables under the plate, in a napkin, or in a pocket.  

  • Now Open: Fall Beau Hunting Season

    Hubby recently asked, “Have you ever gone bow hunting?” 

    “Oh, certainly!  It used to be one of my favorite pastimes.”

    “Really? I didn’t know that.”

    “Yes, I went every weekend; sometimes with a group of girlfriends and sometimes by myself. I loved the thrill of the hunt!  I would get the prey within my sight, and in no time flat, I had him bagged.”

    “I don’t understand.  If you were such an avid bow hunter, how come I never knew about it?”

  • A Killer Among Us
  • Schools, students perform well

    The leaves are turning and fall break is just around the corner — I can’t believe how quickly the first two months of school have gone by. I have to give credit to our teachers and staff for their amazing ability to quickly get students back into the swing of things. From day one, they hit the ground running and got students engaged in learning. I am so thankful we have that kind of staff. 

    I also owe a debt of gratitude to our parents and community who provide endless support to students both inside and outside the classroom.